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INDIAN IT IN NUMBERS 

(Updated   July 31 2014)
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 935 million
Mobiles  907 million 
Landlines: 28  million 
Total no. of PCs: 100 million 
Internet users:  220 million  including  mobile Internet 115 million
Broadband:  66 million (wired: 19 million;  mobile: 47 million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)

- NEW! More than half of e-tail customers do IT from mobile phones
- Sluggish Indian printer -copier business in Q 1 2014: IDC numbers
- Indian usage of video on mobile... Vuclip study
- Akamai data on Internet speeds in India and Asia
- India Internet numbers for 2014 from IAMAI

- IAMAI study on Mobile Internet in India
- Gartner study on 3-D printer market

- Worldwide  mobile usage: Ericsson study

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  MAIT, govt, join to ally fears about registration requirements for electronic goods in India
New Delhi,  August 1  2014:   The Indian government's  requirement that  manufacturers of electronic goods  register their products and add special labels to  deter the  marketing of substandard or shoddy goods  has proved to be a double edged sword --  generally welcomed  for its good intentions but criticized for    the impracticality of some of the provisions. ....
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Bangalore, August 1, 2014: Global e-commerce leader, Amazon  has announced its intention of  pumping $ 2 billion into the India end of  its business  which is already  the country's largest store with over 17 million products on offer. ....
Broadcom solutions fuel Indian UHD TV set top boxes
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Manipal starts blended course on digital marketing
Bangalore, Monday, July 29, 2014:  Manipal Global Education  has joined Google India  to launch a digital marketing programme for students and professionals. The three-month program aims at addressing the growing need for trained professionals in the digital marketing space. ....
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July 29 2014: IndiaTechOnline Special: The  mobile and the Internet has  come to the rescue of Indian  rail travelers, who for decades have endured  bad food service at stations and on the train from  government-run monopolies. ....
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Hot, fresh meals from restaurants being delivered at railway stations, writes Namrata Rao in Financial Express July 28 2014

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